Taking a break at a gas station, I got speaking to an older woman who had been hitchhiking.
She looked like she was a little weathered, had a hard life, and she did give hints of it through our conversation, but what was also a noticeable trait… she still had hopes for a better life.
As we conversed, she mentioned that her backpack was jammed pack with a few clothes and 3 blankets, which was getting to be a little too heavy, so she was thinking about ditching one of her blankets with the hopes it would find someone in need.
It’s funny (not is hilarious manner), here’s a lady who wasn’t asking me for anything… she didn’t have anything… but still had hopes for herself and hopes for the blanket to find someone in need.
I could only offer her something she needed more than I did…. I gave her my last gatorade and an emergency blanket.
When I came out of the gas station, I could see her in the distance walking along the highway, up and over a hill, where I eventually lost sight of her.
Let me introduce you to by buddy, Mike Ranta & his faithful companion Spitzii. These two characters are today’s modern day voyageurs. Along for the adventure is the expedition’s photojournalist, David Jackson, who in his own right is definitely an adventurer.
So here’s what’s happened, Mike has not only canoed Canada from coast to coast, he’s done it twice! As a result of these great paddles, he’s the world record holder of having done it solo and having completing the trip in a single season.
So what’s he doing in Lake Winnipeg near Gimli? He’s in the middle of canoeing Canada for a Third time! Along for the adventure is David, who has joined Mike & Spitzii from the beginning of this adventure.
Back on April 1st 2017, they began their journey in Bella Bella BC and headed east through the rockies. I can’t give away any of their stories, because let’s face it, its theirs to tell at the end of the adventure. I will say, they had to endure solitude, relentless elements, nature, wildlife, food & water shortage, and other adventures within their adventure.
Live location updates – Mike is carrying a beacon which tracks his every movement. Go to his website and locate this whereabouts on his map and if you get an opportunity….go meet the the three companions while they paddle Canada! I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t pass up on a good cold beer either.
You can read about Mike’s & Spitzii’s previous journey through his website and be sure to check out his book. Oh, and check out the baby moose he saved in during his last adventure – video here: Baby Moose Rescue
We’ve all heard the stories of Christopher Robin & Winnie the Pooh, but how many of you know the actual story of how & where it all started?
Winnie the Pooh has been long associated with my home town of Winnipeg Manitoba because the soldier, Harry Colebourn, who actually owned the bear, was from Wpg, MB. He had named the female bear “Winnipeg”, but was later shorted to “Winnie”.
Something I had no idea was that Winnie was not actually from Winnipeg. Winnie was from White River Ontario where she was purchased for only $20.
Eventually, Harry Colebourn had to leave for the war and Winnie was housed in the London Ontario Zoo, where she passed away 12 May 1934 (aged 20)
So there you have it, a little history on Canada’s Winnie the Pooh!
The park’s town – Wasagaming, had a few events scheduled to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
Two of which had caught my attention…
The first, 89 New Canadians took the oath of citizenship. It was a ceremony that brought tears of joy to many of these new Canadians. It was a neat experience to witness and I wish them all happiness, success, and helping all Canadians to make our country a prosperous one.
The second, a roaming magician by the name of Marlowe Cochrane. When I saw his name, I had to snicker because a week prior to this we had chatted. We were going to get together for a coffee when I was in Winnipeg and catch up on old times. Neither of us knew each other would be in the park today. It was good see an old friend performing for the crowds.
I happen to really like Camrose, so it was unfortunate that I couldn’t stay longer. However, I did go for a walk, captured a few images, and later visited with a good friend.
Why do I like Camrose? It has to do with the people.
See, I had lived near Camrose a few years ago and when I left, it was the people I missed the most. The people I met in Camrose were super friendly as well as having a strong sense of community and work ethic that I really appreciated.
A quick little stop to stretch the legs at Eagle Pass
Craigellachie BC, this was one of the last stretches of the railway to be completed and on November 7 1885, Sir Donald Smith drove the last “spike” into the ground, completing the Canadian Pacific Railway.